Delivery and order round-up
News of tug deliveries and orders takes a notable upturn this month involving no fewer than 14 vessels many with significant European connections.
Owners and operators worldwide are continuing to display an appetite for both replacing existing tonnage and expanding their fleets with a stand-out feature for both deliveries and orders, from a vessel design angle being the number of references from the drawing board of Canadian naval architect Robert Allan Ltd (RAL).
It is rare for a month to pass by without news from Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards and on this occasion, in another indication of the global influence of the world’s most dominant yards two RAL-designed tugs have been delivered by Sanmar to owners in Abu Dhabi and New Zealand.
Following delivery in 2017 of Al Shaheed (Yenicay IV) and Al Hili 1 (Yenicay VI) to Abu Dhabi Ports a third Yenicay-class tug bearing the name Al Jimi 1 (Yenicay VII) has joined its fleet. Management of the tugs falls to Abu Dhabi Ports marine services arm SAFEEN to operate in both Musaffah Port and Zayed Port bringing the total number of tugs in SAFEEN’s fleet to 12.
The advantages of so-called ‘compact’ tugs from both practical and regulatory angles are well known, and Al Jimi 1 is in this class being a RAscal 1800 design, modified to suit extreme local conditions with upgraded HVAC systems. Of ASD configuration, Al Jimi 1 is powered by Caterpillar C32 main engines developing 1,938kW in total driving Veth VZ-900 azimuth thrusters providing 32tbp and vessel speed 12kn.
The second Sanmar delivery to report is another compact design but in the form of the TRAktor-Z 2500SX tractor tug Kinaki which at the time of writing is being delivered by heavylift ship to its new owners Port Taranaki Ltd, New Zealand.
Kinaki is the first of Sanmar’s Delicay-class and available in either 60tbp or 70tbp versions, this first example the lower 60tbp model to meet the customer’s specific requirements. Sanmar currently has a 70tbp example close to completion and available for ‘exceptionally quick delivery’.
Again, Caterpillar provide main engines, 3512C Tier II diesels producing 3,804kW total driving Rolls-Royce thrusters and producing trials performance figures of 62tbp and speed 11kn. Most wheelhouse components can be raised and lowered to suit the operator’s convenience and deck machinery includes a DMT double-drum towing winch aft of 187 tonnes brake load.
Final three deliveries this month sees us visiting another familiar series tug builder, starting with the addition of two Damen ASD Tug 2810s Phoenix and Lynx to the fleet of Iskes Towage & Salvage. Built at Damen’s Vietnam facility both were completed in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, the quick delivery time of two weeks from contract signing being a factor in Damen winning the order.
Standard examples of the popular ASD 2810 with a bollard pull of 60 tonnes, they join two others of the class in Iskes’ fleet, Argus and Arashi. Iskes expansion prompted the urgent requirement for new tonnage and Lynx will operate in Eemshaven and Delfzijl alongside the 2016-delivered Damen ASD Tug 3212 Mars while Phoenix will replace Mars in Ijmuiden/Amsterdam.
Finally from Damen, Tug Malta recently celebrated the naming of its new ASD 2913 tug St Angelo. Part of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group, Tug Malta state that as well as towage and environmental services St Angelo will also serve the island’s LNG needs by operating at the Delimara LNG terminal.
Nine tugs are noted as being ordered over the period, seven of which are to RAL designs to be built at a number of yards worldwide. Also worthy of mention is the placing of an order for two hybrid Z-drive tugs for US-based principles.
Starting with European news, construction is now well underway at Turkey’s Uzmar Shipyard for a RAstar 3200-W shiphandling tug for Saam Smit Canada’s operations in British Columbia. Careful analysis of the performance requirements called for a tug capable of 80+tbp and an indirect escort force of up to 120t at 10kn.
The tug is being built to a particularly high specification including the ability to cope with heavy weather conditions, fif1 capability and towing equipment suitable for rescue towing operations. Other features include: extra-soft forward fendering; folding mast and gas detection and alarm systems; explosion-proof deck equipment and remotely controlled ventilation and other isolation controls. It will be the first tug in Canada to meet IMO Tier III requirements and it is hoped to have a closer look at this interesting vessel in a later edition of MJ.
Looking at orders beyond Europe, Tianjin Port in China has four tugs in build, two RAL ASD 35/50s with Shanghai’s Sanlin Shipyard and two ASD 40/40 tugs at Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard. Other RAL-design orders include a RAmparts 2400-W 75tbp tug for Chile’s TRAMARSA from China’s Jiangsu Wuxi Shipyard and a TundRA 3600 ice class tug for Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation with Gulf Island Fabrication.
Finally, Washburn & Doughty of Maine, USA has received an order for two 93’ hybrid Z-drive tugs from Harbor Docking and Towing of Lake Charles, La. The 80tbp vessels will have four operational modes: electric (standby/transit), diesel, hybrid and firefighting.
By Peter Barker
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